A High Court situated in Abuja has on Tuesday, sentenced former Finance Director of the Niger Delta Ministry, Mr. Ayinla Abibu, to one year imprisonment for looting N60 million.
The court also remanded him of two plots of land in Kubwa and Bwari of Abuja on the one count-charge against him.
Mr. Adibu was convicted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for using a front company, Zeocat Nigeria Limited to defraud the federal government of the sum of N60million, in March, 2014.
According to Vanguard, the convict was charged by ICPC before Hon Justice Olukayode Adeniyi for defrauding the federal government in secret cooperation with one Mr. Kabiru Poloma former Principal Accountant in the Ministry, by fraudulently withdrawing the money from the Constituency Project account of the Ministry domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Mr. Adibu was said to have used the stolen money to acquire an apartment in Ogbomosho, Oyo State and a plot of land each in Kubwa and Bwari of Abuja.
Having found guilty, the defence counsel Abiola Akinwale, pleaded with the Court to tender justice with mercy as the convict fell amongst the age(60 years) vulnerable to corona virus disease.
He further told the court that a longer sentence could lead to the death of the convict’s aged parents who are 92 and 99 years old respectively.
The prosecutor Counsel Mr. George Lawal, argued that the convict should be punished accordingly as considering the grievous nature of the crime committed by him, saying that a lesser sentence might fail to serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders.